Connor Norman made the start against Clemson in Week 1, but his role may change as Josh Harvey-Clemons makes his way back into the lineup following his suspension.
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Clemson's Charone Peake leaps through the tackle of Georgia's Connor Norman, bottom, while being pursued by Amarlo Herrera during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C.
Norman is optimistic about his role, though, and said he still feels Georgia’s secondary is loaded with talent.
“I guess it’s a good problem to have, though,” Norman said. “You’ve got so many guys who are playmakers. It’s good to have them all back and able to contribute however [defensive coordinator Todd] Grantham sees fit for them to be on the field.”
Norman had one solo tackle and seven assisted tackles in the season opener, but said the only thing he could focus on at first was the loss. Nonetheless, some young guys got key experience.
“The only important stat is winning or losing so it wasn’t that great of a day,” Norman said. “A lot of the guys grew up pretty quick out there, so I was happy to see how Brendan Langley and Tray Matthews played in the secondary. Those guys are growing up and they’re learning a lot.”
One of Norman’s main roles at this point will be helping those young guys. Whether it’s communicating responsibilities with them on or off the field, Norman said the new guys are starting to get the hang of it.
“It was pretty consistent over the whole [Clemson] game,” Norman said. “Obviously we all made mistakes, but Tray and I communicated well together and hopefully we can continue that into this next week.”
Norman said he and his fellow defenders have put Clemson in the rearview mirror.
“You never want to start out 0-1, but the great thing about SEC football is you don’t have time to think about it,” Norman said. “You come in and you get better from it and move on. You don’t have time to dwell on a loss.”
Norman’s communication skills have helped young guys such as Matthews and Langley.
“I was extremely proud of all the guys. You don’t want to give up 38 points in a game, but considering all the things we had a lot of guys grow up and play well,” Norman said. “That was encouraging to see those young players step up. They didn’t back down from the challenge of what Clemson was, and now we’re going to get better at it and move on to South Carolina.”